Friday, October 29, 2010

Wow . . .

Almost six months.

Six months and I haven't done any writing. Things are starting to settle down and I'm hoping to start again soon. I started playing music (guitar) in church again.

I say again because it's been, with a couple exceptions, 15 or 16 yrs since I last played with a worship band. I had to quit playing because my left ear suffered some damage. So much so that I had to stop attending church. It's not that I couldn't hear, but any loud noise--even clapping--caused a lot of pain. I had to wear an ear plug for a year while my ear slowly healed. Right when I stopped wearing the plug, a transformer blew in my ear as I walked out of a local drug store. Another year of pain a ear plugs.

I have not been able to attend concerts, wedding receptions, church services, or any other noisy venue for 15 years. Two months ago I realized that my ear hadn't hurt in a few months. It dawned on my that I was listening to the radio louder than usual. I decided to attend church where the real test--live drums and bass--resided. No pain. I then inquired about playing in the worship band and was welcomed. So far, so good. I still wear the ear plug, but I haven't had any problems. I even played one Sunday without the plug and it really didn't hurt although there was some discomfort.

It's been a long time since I've played. Don't know any of these new fangled songs and I'm definitely rusty, but it's a blessing to be able to serve in that capacity once again. I just hope I'm not causing damage to the ears of those who have to listen.